I own a vintage christening gown which has been in my family since 1913 when it was sent from Dublin to my grandmother for her children. It has been passed on from family to family down through the generations. At present I am the custodian of this precious gown. However, in recent years we encountered a problem with the gown. In the early 1900's babies were christened within a few days of birth, and towards the end of the century christenings took place within one month of the baby's birth. However, in the 21st century, it became the norm for babies to be christened 3 -6 months after birth. And so we found that it was a bit of a squeeze to get some of our babies into the gown in recent times!
Having seen Miriam interviewed on Nationwide I contacted her to see if our vintage gown could be adapted to fit modern babies. In order to adapt the gown, the bodice and sleeves had to be extended. This was accomplished in the capable hands of Miriam, whose delicate work was hardly discernible from the original creation all those years ago. She was conscious of the delicacy of the garment and did all that was possible to retain its original style. I was thrilled with the result and can highly recommend her to anyone who has encountered a similar problem with big babies and tiny vintage gowns! , - Maureen Somers.
We are were so thrilled with how the gown turned out- it truly is magnificent and your work is so incredible. We could not be happier with it! We will cherish this heirloom in our family for a long time to come. Our family and friends could not stop talking about the gown. Again sincere thanks for all your help with the design & creation of the gown that we will treasure. With sincere thanks & continued success, - Lisa McLaughlin.
"The gowns arrived. Thank you so much. They are fabulous. Thanks so much for everything. It has been such an easy process from start to finish." - Deirdre Fahey
" The Christening gown was beautiful Miriam, thank you and she received lots of compliments on the day." - Lisa Whelan
"I had my first holy communion dress which I wanted to use as a christening gown for my little girl, the dress was nearly 25 years old . I had a consultation with Miriam & she understood exactly what I wanted done. I was hoping to keep the same style & look of the gown and that's exactly what Miriam did . The measurements were perfect & fitted my little Julia perfectly, it really exceeded my expectations . I would highly recommend christening generations as Miriam has a real talent for design & is gifted with the needle. Thanks again & I have a heirloom now that can be passed down through our family." - Aine Dunny
"When I became pregnant, I always knew that I wanted Miriam to make my baby's Christening gown from my late mother's wedding dress. I had seen the work she had done in the past and I had faith in her. When our daughter was born, I brought the dress out to Miriam with an idea that I wanted a neutral, heirloom gown. I wanted it to be passed down throught the generations. Miriam had some lovely ideas, she emailed me photos as she was making the dress so I could decide on various elements. She even said she would hand sew our daughter's name on the inside which was such a lovely sentiment. In years to come, the name's of each child will be added.
To me, that makes it extra special. Miriam added some new material to a 30 year old, damaged wedding dress. She made the Christening gown of our dreams. She certainly has an eye for merging the old with the new. We got so many lovely remarks about the gown. Everyone thought it so just so lovely that it was made from her granny's wedding dress. It really made our day extra special to know our daughter was wrapped up in her granny's dress. The quality of Miriam's work is second to none. Her attention to detail is a credit to her. She listens to what you want, and makes something far better than you could even imagine. I am delighted that we asked Miriam to make Fiadh's Christening Gown. It is beautiful. I would highly recommend her to everyone." - Nadia Bianca
"We wanted a very special Christening gown for my 1st grandchild recently and I happened upon this page somehow and I'm so happy I did. I asked Miriam could she do a timeless piece from my 24 year old wedding dress and this is what she created. My grandson looked amazing and we now have our own family heirloom. We can't thank you enough Miriam, well done." - Caroline Kelly-Dunne
"Miriam is the consummate professional in whatever venture she undertakes. Her professionalism and attention to detail are superb, the quality of her work is excellent. I am happy to highly recommend Miriam and Christening Generations, and I wish her continued success." - Madeleine Forrest
"What a brilliant idea, have a family heirloom Christening Gown made from your wedding dress, all it takes is gifted hands. Continued success to you in Carlow." - Agnes O' Dea